Game On – Using Icebreaker Games in the ESL Classroom | ITTT TEFL BLOG

Game On – Using Icebreaker Games in the ESL Classroom | ITTT TEFL BLOG

We must up our game as ESL teachers in the 21st century – both figuratively and literally. I use games to engage students and promote learning in my classroom for a wide range of learning objectives. Below is a short list of icebreaker games that I regularly use in my classroom, and I will discuss the learning target(s) that each game aims to facilitate and deliver as well as the context in which the game is used. Since I work with high school age and adult students, the games are geared for English Language Learners in these age groups. As learning communities become more globalized and data give more information on how people learn, one major challenge I find with gamifying learning in the ESL classroom is making the games that I use more culturally relevant and more inclusive of all types of learners. This is a challenge that I am happy and excited to tackle, however. I will also be discussing how I envision and finetune the games I use in my classroom to be more inclusive of all cultures and types of learners.

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